the blue of distance

Artist Statement


This series of prints has been inspired by several visits I was privileged make to Melaleuca in the South West of Tasmania during the past eighteen months. Visiting such isolated landscapes and the resonance of the history they contain can have a powerful impact. Such places are on the edges of our worlds where the blue at the horizon, the blue of land and sea that seems to dissolve into sky, is the blue of distance. There is solitude, a desire and a longing associated with such places. 

The world is blue at its edges and its depths…The colour of that distance is the colour of an emotion, the colour of solitude and desire, the colour of there seen from here, the colour of where you are not. And the colour of where you can never go.

Rebecca Solnit, 2005, A Field Guide To Getting Lost, Viking Penguin, USA, p.29

There is also a sense of needing to hold on tightly to these landscapes, which remain precious, and warrant protecting within our ever-changing world that balances on a tipping point. There is a unique sense of self-awareness realised in such environments that is difficult to describe but that in turn emanates a sense of life and hope.

Longing, because desire is full of endless distances – Robert Hass